Activity 4: Cathedral of the World
Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
- Handout 2, Forrest Church's Theology
- Participant journals
- Variety of writing and drawing implements
- Optional: Bell or chime
Preparation for Activity
- Copy Handout 2 for all participants.
- Arrange for two volunteers to read the two sections of the handout, or one to join share the reading with you. If possible, give the story to the volunteer(s) ahead of time.
- Write on newsprint, and post:
- Do you find Church's image of a cathedral helpful in understanding your own personal Unitarian Universalist theology?
Description of Activity
While participants remain in their three-person groups, distribute Handout 2. Read or invite volunteers to read each of the sections in turn.
Ask the small groups to consider Church's image of a cathedral, particularly whether they find it helpful in understanding their own theology. Invite participants to identify one element that stands out for them and, each in person in turn, explain why this is the case. Allow six minutes for this small group exercise.
To conclude, invite persons to write one-sentence statements about their thoughts, feelings, and sentiments about Church's theology and how it might relate to their own way of thinking about awe, humility, or another key element of Church's theology. Then, invite volunteers to read their one-sentence statements to the entire group.